Odontoid fracture - type III

Case contributed by Dr Alexandra Stanislavsky


Multitrauma patient


Odontoid fracture extending into the body of C2: type III dens fracture.

Multiple transverse process fractures are also present.

Case Discussion

This odontoid fracture extends into the body of C2, making it a type III dens fracture. It is a mechanically unstable injury, but one which has good prognosis for healing.

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Case information

rID: 12233
Published: 1st Nov 2010
Last edited: 15th Aug 2018
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